"AJNA" INDIGO AND TANGERINE DREAMS
My name is Channay Harvey I am 27 years old currently living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I grew up in the small town of Klerksdorp, where my dad and I shared a close bond through photography. He had a Pentax ME Super and we would often take drives and stop along the way to take pictures.
Through my experience, I’ve learnt that a photographer’s job is much more than just taking pictures. I have an inherent ability to realise and capture compositions to show the world what the naked eye can sometimes not see. I’ve learnt that every day is a challenge but every day is also very different – you can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day brings new challenges of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to these challenges. My approach to photography is ever changing and growing. I am a hard-working, strong, creative and focused female photographer. The female part queer part sometimes get me down as I have a underlying feeling of never being good enough.
Through this series of images I have pushed myself to move towards a more creative and rewarding body of work. I also wanted the work to pay tribute to a deep love I have for Africa and Africans. Being a white Afrikaans speaking women this is a very difficult subject to broach without stepping on toes or being deemed non understanding.
I grew up traveling Southern Africa on a almost monthly basis, and used those vivid memories of colors as a inspiration for the shoot.
"Indigo was more powerful than the gun," "It was used literally as a currency. They were trading one length of cloth, in exchange for one human body." "ajna" which refers to the blue chakra, which is said to include the third eye, it is also believed to be related to intuition and spiritual knowledge. Where as a Indigo person is also seen as someone who has come into this world destined to create change, and awaken humanity.
Photographer: Channay Harvey
Model: Sibonelo Aniello Mndebele
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa